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Eye Opener Conference for Youth in November

By Doreen Mbalazi

AFRICAN Students for Liberty (ASFL) will on November 4, 2017 host a regional conference at the University of Dar es Salaam.

Under the theme, “Creating Wealth through Free Market,” the conference will offer an opportunity to learn about the classical ideas of liberation from the best advocates in Africa. Debates and presentation from participants’ achievements in advocating for free markets will also colour the event.

This movement sprang out from the efforts of the young Africans to stand up against the negative tyranny and totalitarianism that was present in the continent for a while. The platform will provide the students with an opportunity to generate and share ideas that enhance a prosperous and liberated Africa.

Among the key speakers are Executive Director of UIPE Isack Danford, Executive Director of Liberty Sparks Evans Exaud and Executive Director ALOD Mugabe John.

ASLF Local Coordinator Dickson Kigora, in an interview with the ‘Daily News,’ said the conference aims at providing knowledge and understanding of the youth involvement in the liberty movement.

He said the conference has immense benefits to Tanzanian students, “The students will learn and discuss matters concerning entrepreneurship, philosophy and self-employment in relation to the free market world.”

Mr Kigora said, “The summit will increase students’ understanding on the free market policies.” ASLF Assistant Communication Officer Rehema Tunguli advised students to register for the conference to enjoy the event benefits.

Tanzania

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Nigeria: Buhari Approves Rural Electrification Board

By Omeiza Ajayi

President Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the appointment of a new Board and Executive Management for Rural Electrification Agency.

A statement signed by the Director, Press, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation OSGF, Bolaji Adebiyi named the Chairman of the Board as Engr. Umaru Maza Maza, while the Managing Director is Mrs. Damilola Ogunbiyi.

Dr. Sanusi Mohammed Ohiare has been appointed as the Executive Director (Rural Electrification); Engr. Muhammad A. Wasaram as Executive Director (Technical Services) and Yewande Odia as Executive Director (Corporate Services). Engr. Alozie Mac and Mr. Rotimi Thomas are appointed as non-Executive Directors.

Furthermore, President Buhari has since confirmed the appointment of Engr. Saleh Dunoma as the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN); Captain Mukhtar Usman as the Director-General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and Captain Fola C. Akinkotu as the Managing Director of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).

The appointments take immediate effect.

Nigeria

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Africa: Global Fund Board to Continue Search for Executive Director

Photo: Tami Hultman / AllAfrica

Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate, former Nigerian Minister of State for Health, speaking at the 2014 World Economic Forum Africa in Abuja.

press release

The Board of the Global Fund announced today that it will continue to search for a new Executive Director.

“The Board is committed to a process that adheres to the highest possible standards, and is fair, transparent, merit-based, and conducted with due diligence and professionalism,” said Norbert Hauser, the Chair of the Board.

The Board convened in Geneva on 27 February to review finalists recommended by the Board’s Nominations Committee.

Due to issues encountered in the recruitment process, the Board felt they were unable to bring the process to conclusion. While expressing its complete support for the work of the Nominations Committee, the Board decided to restart the process.

The Board’s overarching priority is to continue looking for a new Executive Director to provide visionary leadership and implement an ambitious new strategy to end AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics.

More information will be provided as soon as possible.

Africa

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Employers Appeal for Reinstatement in Loans Board

By Khalifa Said

Dar es Salaam — The Association of Tanzania Employers (ATE) yesterday appealed to have their seat reinstated in the Higher Education Students Loans Board (HESLB). Speaking with The Citizen by phone, the ATE Executive Director, Dr Aggrey Mlimuka, expressed his concern over the removal of their seat in the board last year, saying it was affecting the flow of key information between the two organisations.

On Wednesday, HESLB announced that they had formed a task force comprising the board’s employees and individuals from other unnamed authorities and had been tasked to ensure all employers submit the deductions and the names of their employees, who were HESLB beneficiaries. “If we had our representative, it would have helped in following up the board’s debts since the information will be easily shared and worked on instead of using police force and other state organs as it is now the case,” said Dr Mlimuka.

According to HELSB Executive Director Abdul-Razaq Badru, who announced during a press conference the formation of the task force, most employers have been violating the law by failing to perform their statutory responsibilities of helping the board to recover loans from their employees.

Dr Mlimuka told this paper that the employers in the country were ready to cooperate with HESLB to search for loan defaulters, deduct and remit all due sums from their employees, who were the beneficiaries of the board provided they were served with timely and accurate information.

“We are ready to sensitise our people to deduct their employees and remit the funds to HESLB, but the board needs to have accurate data at their possession first since it won’t be proper to harass the employees, who are not HESLB beneficiaries about paying the loans,” he said.

Dr Mlimuka urged HESLB to involve other state authorities, like the Tanzania Revenue Authority, in their search for loan defaulters.

According to HESLB reports, 238,430 former students were supposed to have started repaying their loans amounting to Sh1.4 trillion after the expiry of the grace period.

By November 15, the board had only tracked and issued loan bills to 93,500 beneficiaries. But only 81,055 have repaid theirs, while the remaining 12,445 haven’t.

The board has already published the names of loan defaulters and threatened to take them to court. The board is also set to shame the defaulters by making public photographs.

The HESLB Act, 2004 was amended in November and tightened the employers’ responsibilities and now they are compelled in 28 days to submit the names of new employees to HESLB for checking their loan status. The board or its agent shall, after notifying the employers, have power to inspect any relevant records of the employer for searching the beneficiaries’ information.

“Where an employer fails without reasonable excuse to notify the board that he has, in his employment a beneficiary within a specified period, that employer commits an offence and shall, on conviction be liable to not less than Sh1 million fine,” reads part of the amendments.

Where an employer fails to deduct or remit the deductions to the board within the required time, the board shall charge such an employer 10 per cent of the total amount, which is due for repayment. When the employer is unable to pay the charge imposed, then he commits an offence and “is liable on conviction to a fine of not less than the amount unremitted or to imprisonment for a term of not less than 36 months.”

Students Loans Board Set to Publish Names of Chronic Defaulters

Photo: The Citizen

Education Students’ Loans Board’s Executive Director Abdul-Razaq Badru.

By Rose Athumani

The Education Students’ Loans Board (HESLB) will effective early January start publishing names and pictures of chronic defaulters who graduated in the last ten years.

HESLB is also forming a task force that will comprise of members from the loans board and other stakeholders, which will seek out employers who do not deduct or remit money deducted from graduate salaries to face the law.

Addressing journalists yesterday in Dar es Salaam, HESLB Executive Director, Mr Abdul-Razaq Badru, said the loans board had issued a 30-day notice to 142,470 former students to pay loans amounting to 239.3 billion/- or face justice.

“We had issued a four-week notice when it expired; we added two more weeks, which expire at the end of this month. We will now move on to take legal measure against the defaulters that will include publishing their names alongside their pictures,” he explained.

Mr Badru said the list of names alongside pictures of the defaulters will also be placed in different database so they can easily be identified. “We are finalising legal procedures that will be taken against them and we also said that they will be forced to pay all expenses used in seeking them,” the ED stated. Mr Badru said out of the more than 100,000 former students given the notice about 42,700 went to the HESLB offices and paid.

“Some of them paid the whole amount and some entered into special agreement to clear the amount that they owe the loans board. He explained that previously they used to collect about 2bn/- per month but the amount has increased and by November, this year, they collected 8bn/- per month.

Speaking on the special task force, Mr Badru called on employers who have not been making any deductions or remitting the deductions to do so within the next two weeks before the task force starts executing its duties.

“Legal measures, including paying a fine or imprisonment, will be taken against employers who are not making any deductions, deducting a small amount or not making any remittances from graduates who received education loans from the board,” he explained.

Expounding on the legal punishment, Acting HESLB Assistant Director of Legal Affairs, Mr Luhano Lupogo, said the punishment will include 36-month imprisonment or a fine that equals the amount the employer was supposed to deduct and remit to the loans board.

Mr Badru said the amended HESLB Act No. 9 of 2004 has increased the amount to be deducted from graduate salaries from 8 per cent to 15 per cent and also increased the grace period from 12 months to 24 months.”I think all stakeholders who contributed opinions and ideas to the amendments include Members of Parliament (MPs).

We had initially proposed an increase of 30 per cent from the 8 per cent, but we settled for 15 per cent as proposed by stakeholders,” he noted. According to Mr Badru, the amount of mature loans to be paid to HESLB is 300bn/- out of which 140bn/- has already been collected.

The list of beneficiaries who have not paid loans includes those who took loans between 1994/95 and 2005 when the then Ministry of Higher Education was charged with the role of issuing loans to students.

When HESLB started operations in 2005, it took over the responsibility of pursuing payment of loans amounting to 51.1bn/- that had been issued by the ministry to 48,378 students. By June 2016, a total of 379,179 Tanzanians had benefited from HESLB loans since the board’s establishment in June 1994.

The amount issued to these beneficiaries has reached 2.6 trillion/-, according to Mr Badru. A total of 238,430 former students were supposed to have started repaying their loans after the expiry of the grace period, amounting to 1.4 trillion/-.

Some of these loans are being repaid and others are not because beneficiaries or their employers have not yet come forward to commit themselves.

Nigeria: Govt Completes Galma Dam, Targets 1.1 Million Jobs

By Hussein Yahaya

The Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu, has said that the completed Galma multipurpose dam in Soba Local Government Area of Kaduna State was capable of providing job opportunities for over 1.1 million people living within its environs.

The building of the dam started in 2006, it was gathered. Adamu, who inspected the project, said apart from the irrigation component, the multipurpose dam with a reservoir capacity of about 186 million cubic metre of water could also generate 2.2 megawatt of electricity and supply water to 2.2 million people in the surrounding communities up to the city of Zaria.

He commended the level of job done on the project and charged the company to facilitate the construction of the roads for easy access.

The minister had earlier commissioned the secretariat of the National Water Resources Capacity building in Kaduna.

At the event, he noted that the institute had played a significant role, especially in collaborative research and capacity building in the sector.

“I am aware of the achievements of the institute, I therefore want to challenge the Executive Director and students of the institution to redouble their efforts in achieving its set goals in line with the agenda of the present administration,” he said.

Adamu promised the ministry’s support, just as he encouraged the institute to deliver on its mandate and ensure that its reputation is sustained.

The Executive Director, Dr. Emmanuel Adanu, said the institute had the mandate, to among others, promote and develop training courses, perform applied research, promote necessary codes of practice and cooperation with similar bodies within and outside the country as well as international bodies.

Adanu said the institute had enjoyed tremendous support of the Minister of Water Resources since his assumption of duty. He added that in the current financial year, the budgetary allocation to the institute had tremendously increased, while patronage of its tailor-made short courses by the ministry and its departments had taken positive turn.

He appealed to the minister to encourage the ministry, departments, RBDAs as well as its agency to participate in the short and long term training programmes of the institute and to expand and regularize the youth empowerment programmes.

Nigeria

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NGO Hails Mara Anti-Female Cut Campaign

By Mugini Jacob

Tarime — Executive Director of the UK-based Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development (FORWARD) Ms Naana Otoo-Oyortey has expressed satisfaction on progress of anti-female genital mutilation (FGM) and anti-child marriage campaigns in Mara Region.

“I am seeing progress in terms of number of stakeholders engaging in the campaign. We have even seen girls who have established in-come generating activities and they are raising awareness against FGM and child marriage,” Ms Naana said in an exclusive interview with the ‘Daily News’ on Thursday.

She made the observation after meeting key stakeholders backing the campaigns in Tarime District under second phase of a project called Mobilising Action to safeguard rights of girls in Tanzania or ‘Haki ya Binti’ Kiswahili.

Besides tackling addressing FGM and child marriage issues, the project is also designed to empower young women economically by giving them entrepreneurship training and interest-free small loans to establish income generating groups.

It is implemented by Children’s Dignity Forum (CDF) a local NGO with the support of FORWARD and Comic Relief also from UK. FORWARD is also providing direct technical support to CDF, Ms Naana said.

Already implementation of the projects has seen formation of school and out of school clubs tackling FGM and child marriage. She said girls and boys have shown impressive support on the project through anti- FGM and child marriage clubs and networks. “Girls and boys are ready to mobilise actions against the abuse (FGM) in partnership with CDF which has been here for a long time,” she said.

CDF is a local non-government organisation leading on-going campaigns against FGM, child marriage and teenage pregnancies in various parts of the country.

CDF Executive Director Mr Koshuma Mtengeti accompanied Ms Naana, who expressed satisfaction on the good cooperation given by Tarime District leaders, community development and social welfare officers and police officers of the gender and children desks.

Ms Naana said she also had an opportunity to have a fruitful discussion with Kurya tribe traditional leaders, whom she urged to continue backing the campaigns.

The next FGM season is expected to take place in Tarime in December. Kurya elders have the final say on whether FGM should take place or not. She later visited the Association of Termination Female Genital Mutilation (ATFGM) centre, which is located at Masanga village, several kilometers away from Tarime Township.

The centre rescues several hundreds of girls during FGM seasons.

Ms Naana further travelled to the neighbouring wildlife rich-district of Serengeti where she visited the Mugumu safe house, which was established a few years ago to shelter girls fleeing their homes during FGM seasons.

FGM is illegal according to the law but some communities are still reluctant to stop the harmful practice which expose young girl into severe pains during and after the cut. Mara is one of the top five country’s five FGM practicing regions.

Tanzania

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KCCA Should Follow International Municipal Governance Models

opinionBy Peter Mulira

Last Friday, I was invited to speak at a workshop on Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) on the subject, “The Kampala we want”. The letter inviting me specifically asked me to “highlight the lacuna in the law and possibly make proposals to strengthen the administration of Kampala capital city.” To my surprise, one of the divisional mayors was so incensed with my views that he asserted that they were brought in bad faith.

The city is currently governed by the Kampala Capital City Act of 2010, which provides for setting up an Authority with a Lord Mayor and an Executive Director appointed by the President pursuant to Article 5 of the Constitution, which vests the administration of the city in the government. This differs from the previous law under which the city was equated to a district and a directly elected mayor performed the district chairman role.

The interpretation of some provision of the new law has led to conflict, which have affected service delivery. For example, Section 18(f) requires the Executive Director to prepare a budget for the Authority and at the same time Section 49 reads: “The Authority shall formulate, approve and execute budgets and plans… .” Another serious lacuna is found in the section which makes the Executive Director the head of public service of the administration of the Authority but at the same time another provision provides that “the Lord Mayor shall be “head of the Authority in developing strategies and programmes… ” This role is normally performed by the administration in any organisation.

These conflicts and many others would have been avoided if the law followed one of the internationally recognised models for municipal governance. Prior to the passing of the law, a group of consultants submitted their report on how Kampala should be governed. However, both the line ministry and Parliament changed the draft proposals to bring the law to equate the Authority the system of local government which is based on the district as principal unit and decentralisation of powers and functions to lower local governments. The result was a law of disjointed ideas.

Three internationally recognised models govern the way modern municipalities are run. They are the council-manager, mayor-council and commission models. Under the council-manager system, the manager is the chief administrative officer who supervises all council business. Policy decisions are made by council on the recommendation of the manager and staff. Under the mayor-council model, the administrative authority are vested in the mayor while all legislative powers lie with council. The council employs a professional manager who heads the administration.

The consultant recommended a system similar to the council-manager version with all the administrative powers vested with the manager. When Parliament in its wisdom set up the office of Lord Mayor, it created an executive role for him without first reconciling this with the role which had been assigned to the manager. Secondly, Parliament created a political structure for the authority similar to that of a local government without giving an executive role to the mayors and councils of the lower units.

To resolve this conflict, we should adopt either the mayor- council system where the Lord Mayor has executive authority or the council-manager model. The divisions should become municipalities as they were before independent from the Authority and be given authority over all functions which are not assigned to the Authority. The Authority should become a special agency of government charged with the duty of modernising the capital city. The Authority’s Five Year Plan confirms that it is up to the task.

Mr Mulira is a lawyer.

Uganda

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Govt Urged to Rethink Decision to Challenge Court on Child Marriages

By Hilda Mhagama

Tanzania Ending Child Marriage Network (TECMN) has made a call to the government to reconsider its decision to challenge a court ruling on child marriage.

Last month, the High Court of Tanzania ruled that sections of the 1971 Marriage Act, which allowed girls to be married at an age as young as 14, were unconstitutional. TECMN Chairperson, Ms Valerie Msoka, said it was shocking that the biggest stakeholder would appeal the court decision against such changes.

“Child marriage is no joke and should be discarded with the highest of contempt as it takes advantage of young children and robs them of their future; development of the human race cannot occur if cultures such as these are tolerated with a casual look as if it is normal,” she stressed.

Accompanied by some of TECMN members, Ms Msoka said if Tanzania was to be a country of laws and justice, Attorney General Chambers should respect judgments and ruling which mostly benefit minors in the country.

She said she were happy that under the decision, children’s rights will be protected as the Marriage Act was forcing girl under 18 years to enter into a marriage contract, when such contract is entered upon consent of parents or guardian, while such guardian is not part to the terms and conditions of the contract.

Founder and Executive Director for Msichana Initiative, Ms Rebeca Gyumi, said the government appeal was “one step forward and two steps back.” She added: “We are still confused with the government decision as to date; we don’t have a memorandum of appeal and hence we don’t even know the grounds of appeal.’

‘ Ms Gyumi, who is the champion of the historic ruling, said they expected the government to support them in the fight against child marriage as such practices have been there for a very long time – affecting child development.

Executive Director of the Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC), Dr Helen Kijo-Bisimba, said the effect of the Act was to discriminate against girls by depriving them of opportunities that are vital for all citizens.

“By the filing of the appeal by the government, it means that it is not against child marriage, which deprives children of their rights in the country,” she said.

Dr Bisimba noted that as the Court of Appeal was not the last option for them; they were ready even to go further to the African Court of Justice if the government would win the appeal. Recently, a High Court nullified sections 13 and 17 of the Tanzania Law of Marriage Act, which allow girls to marry at age 15 with parental permission and at age 14 with the permission of a court.

They ruled that the provisions were unconstitutional and therefore, gave the Attorney General (AG) one year from the date of the decision within which to make arrangements for amendments of the law to put 18 years as the minimum age for one to contract marriage.

The court’s ruling follows a series of new legal measures, adopted by the government, which makes it a crime to attempt to marry school-going children under 18 years, as well as any “person who impregnates a primary school or a secondary school girl.”

Cameroon: PM Discusses ICT Development

By Roland Mbonteh

Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Executive Director of Smart Africa, yesterday held talks with the Prime Minister, Philemon Yang.

The Prime Minister, Head of Government, Philemon Yang, on behalf of the Head of State, held discussions with the Executive Director of SMART Africa, Malian-born Dr. Hamadoun Touré. The talks that lasted for about one hour at the Star Building yesterday August 4, 2016, enabled the Prime Minister and his guest to discuss strategies for Cameroon to play a leading role in the pan-African organisation whose objective is to promote the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the continent.

Dr. Touré, who is also former Secretary General of International Telecommunications Union (ITU), said Cameroon has a good vision for the development of ICTs which falls in line with SMART Africa’s objectives. President Paul Biya’s instruction to the government to develop ICTs and the recent announcement of the President’s donation of 500,000 laptop computers to university students, Hamadoun Touré said was an important step in the promotion of ICTs.

Cameroon, he added, can play a major role in the organisation launched in 2013 with headquarters in Kigali, Rwanda. He said ICTs are today indispensable for sustainable development which is the policy of Cameroon government.

Cameroon

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